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IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS

 2016-17 CALENDAR (TRIMESTER 1) 

IMPORTANT DATES FOR PARENTS 

SCHOOL HOURS

Grades K-5: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Grades 6-12: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. 

FlexTrac Grades 9-12: (7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m. including 2 self-scheduled hours) 

August 30 Open House (K-12) – 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

September

6 First Day of School

9 Early Release for Students and Staff (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)

23 Early Release and Staff PD (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)

October

7 Early Release and Staff PD (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)

17-20 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences (K-8 Only)

21 Early Release and Staff PD (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)

November

4 Early Release and Staff PD (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)

14-16 Student-Led Parent Teacher Conferences (HS Only)

18 Early Release and Staff PD (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)

23 Early Release for Students and Staff (12:45 and 1:00 p.m.)

23 End of 1st Trimester (57 days)

24-25 No School for Students and Staff – Thanksgiving Break

The full school year calendar can be found online at http://bit.ly/2aCN5xz.

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Our Mission

 

Creative Technologies Academy is a K-12 community of learners committed to changing our world by developing students in character, scholarship, and leadership.

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Anti-Discrimination Statement

 

CTA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation and transgender identity), disability/handicap, age, religion, marital/parental/family status, military status, ancestry, genetic information, or any other legally protected characteristic in its programs, activities, or employment opportunities. The Academy complies with all applicable law with respect to equitable treatment of students, employees, and applicants for employment opportunities.

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Asbestos Management Plan

 

The Asbestos Emergency Response Act (AHERA) requires all schools to have an “Asbestos Management Plan” and to make that plan available to all concerned parties. Creative Technologies Academy, an asbestos free school, hereby notifies all parents, building occupants, and the parent association that the Asbestos Management Plan for all buildings under the jurisdiction of this local education agency is available in the principal’s office of Creative Technologies Academy located at 350 Pine Street in Cedar Springs Michigan.

This notification is to advise all concerned parties that the Asbestos Management Plan required under the AHERA is available for review upon request. The plans can be viewed by any person during normal business hours. Those interested in reviewing the Asbestos Management Plan can inquire about the hours and times that the plans are available by contacting Mr. Dan Clark, Director of Energy and Maintenance, or the School Leader at 616-696-4905.

Creative Technologies Academy has followed all of the laws pertaining to asbestos in schools for the state of Michigan. Based on the findings, there is no asbestos on the CTA campus. Steps have been taken for a permanent exemption because there is no asbestos to monitor or remove.

Affirmed by the Board of Directors, August 10, 2016

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Bullying Policy

 

The Board believes that a safe and nurturing educational environment in school is necessary for students to learn and achieve high academic standards. Therefore, it is the policy of the school to provide a safe and nurturing environment for all of its students. Appropriate behavior, treating others civility and respect, and refusing to tolerate harassment or bullying is expected of students, as well as administrators, faculty, staff, visitors, and volunteers.

Please read the complete Bullying Policy online at http://www.ctaschool.com/aboutus/annualnotices/bullying.pdf.

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Integrated Pest Management Policy and Plan

In accordance with Michigan Regulation 637, the following policy and plan has been adopted at:

Creative Technologies Academy

350 Pine Street

Cedar Springs, Michigan 49319

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) requires that the Academy use the least hazardous methods first (fly swatters, vacuuming, housekeeping practices, elimination of insect/rodent food, harborage of entry points, etc.) to remove pests from the school environment before resorting to chemical treatment.

Only professional licenses individuals shall be allowed to apply commercial grade pesticides or herbicides and proper advance notification of application(s) shall be given. No area(s) shall be treated while occupied by staff or students

Notice of this service shall be published to all parents, guardians or students, and staff. In case of emergency, limited use of pesticides or herbicides is permitted without advance notice.

This universal sign shall be posted for 48 hours after commercial application of pesticides or herbicides is made, or for an appropriate period of time as recommended by the licensed professional.

Pesticides In Use

Rodent or pest sightings shall be reported to the school office and shall be recorded in the IPM Log Book. The licensed person providing the pest control service shall review this list prior to providing treatment within or outside the building.

Board Adopted: August 9, 2001 Board Recorder: Lexie K. Coxon

Reaffirmed by the Board of Directors, August 10, 2016

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PARENTS RIGHT TO KNOW

 

 

The Creative Technologies Academy’s Board Policy Manual contains the following policy which is applicable to all Title I schools. CTA does NOT receive Title I funds, nevertheless it adheres to the following policy:

In accordance with the requirement of Section 1111 of Title I, for each school receiving Title I funds, the School Leader shall make sure that all parents of students in that school are notified that they may request, and the Academy will provide the following information on the student’s classroom teachers:

A. whether the teacher(s) have met the State qualification and licensing criteria for the grade level and subject areas they are teaching;

B. whether the teacher(s) is teaching under any emergency or provisional status in which the State requirements have been waived;

C. the undergraduate major of the teacher(s) and the area of study and any certificates for any graduate degrees earned;

D. the qualifications of any paraprofessionals providing services to their

child(ren);

In addition, the parents shall be provided:

E. information on the level of achievement of their child(ren) on the required State academic assessments;

F. timely notice if the student is assigned to a teacher who is not “highly qualified” as required, or if the student is taught for more than four (4) weeks by a teacher who is not highly qualified.

The notices and information shall be provided in an understandable format, and to the extent possible, in a language the parent(s) understand.

INSTRUCTIONS MATERIALS — RIGHT TO INSPECT

Parents have the right to inspect any instructional materials used as part of the educational curriculum for their student. Instructional material means instructional content, regardless of format, that is provided to the student, including printed or representational materials, audio visual materials, and materials available in electronic or digital formats (such as materials accessible through the Internet.) Instructional material does not include academic tests or academic assessments.

Affirmed by the Board of Directors, August 10, 2016

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Drama Club Brings Laughs with Improv Show

 

(L to R): Lena Mauric, Tatyanna Lawson, Danielle August, Devin Simpson and Johnathon LeTourneau

(L to R): Lena Mauric, Tatyanna Lawson, Danielle August, Devin Simpson and Johnathon LeTourneau

CTA’s drama program got its first chance to be in the public spotlight on April 22 and 23 with the first ever CTA Improv Show.  This Improv show featured students in the newly formed Drama Club.  Fifteen students have been attending drama club rehearsals twice a week after school and practicing Whose Line Is It Anyway-style games that they would eventually perform in front of an audience.  The show started with a game called XBox where students had to perform short skits based on audience suggestions such as the color blue or the animal, the tiger.  Given only short prompts, students then had to create full scenes.  The audience really enjoyed the show and a lot of laughter filled the evening.  Some members of the Friday audience enjoyed the show so much, they came back on Saturday to see all new games and scenarios.  The highlight of both evenings was the final game, “Helping Hands.”  In this game, one student gets to be a world famous chef with a variety of food items on the table in front of her.  The only catch is that she can’t use her own hands.  Instead, another actor stands behind her and picks up the items as she goes, making a hilarious mess.  This event was also a fundraiser for CTA’s drama department with hopes to use the funds to put on a play next year.  With the success of the Improv show, the drama department is well on their way toward the goal.

 

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CTA Calendar

CTA Calendar

May

13 Student Early Release – (2 hours early)

  • K-5 Dismissal at 1:00 p.m.
  • 6-12 Dismissal at 12:45 p.m.
  • Popcorn Day

14 NHS Work Day at CTA

16-20 Elementary Spirit Week

16 Girls Charging Ahead Bake Sale (3:15-4:30 p.m.)

NHS Induction Rehearsal and Ceremony (6:30 p.m.)

17 Cheer Banquet (6-7:30 p.m.)

19 PA Meeting (3:15-4:00 p.m.)

20 MS/HS STEM Day (8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.)

  • Wall of Honor Celebration (1:45-2:45 p.m.)
  • Spring Carnival/Art Show (5-7:00 p.m.)
  • MS Bake Sale (during Spring Carnival/Art Show) (5-7:00)

23 Girls Charging Ahead 2nd Annual 5K (3-4:30 p.m.)

25 Move-Up Day (10:00-10:45 a.m.)

26 Last Day of School for Seniors

  • 8th Grade and High School Choir Concert (7-8:00 p.m.)

27-30 Memorial Day Break

31 2nd/4th Grade Buddy Picnic

June

1 1st/3rd Grade Buddy Picnic

  • Senior Class Trip

2 Kindergarten/5th Grade Buddy Picnic

3 MS End of Year Field Trip

  • Graduation

7 MS/HS Charger Choice Day (12-2:45 p.m.)

  • K-5th Grade Field Day

8 High School Field Day (12-2:45 a.m.)

9 High School Cookout (12-2:45 p.m.)

  • K-6th Kent Theater Trip (“The Jungle Book” – 12:15-2:15 p.m.)
  • Last Day of School

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Respecting Chemicals

Mr. James Fredenburg created a fireball during his limiting reagent stoichiometry lesson.

Mr. James Fredenburg created a fireball during his limiting reagent stoichiometry lesson.

Mr. James Fredenburg, the high school science teacher, demonstrated the power of chemicals during a limiting reagent lesson as part of the stoichiometry unit, which is heavily math-based. He demonstrated the reaction between acetylene and oxygen three times. Twice with one of the reactants limiting the chemical reaction, and another time in the correct stoichiometry ratio. The results of this demonstration ranged from no reaction, huge fireballs, and a loud bang – similar to a gun firing. Chemistry is about understanding what happens at the microscopic level to explain what we see in our daily lives. Through these types of demonstrations in a safe and controlled environment, students have seen the class and book work translate to everyday life!

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